Further to our blog a couple of days ago about global warning – Scuba diving has a bleak future, October 21st – we want you all to know about October 24th – a day of action – OH AND HELLO – THAT’S TOMORROW!
350.org are the coordinators behind a day of worldwide activity – it has been dubbed ‘INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION’ – a day of the most widespread environmental action in the planet’s history.
There will be big rallies in big cities, and incredible creative actions across the globe: mountain climbers on our highest peaks with banners, underwater demonstrations in island nations threatened by sea level rise, churches and mosques and synagogues and ashrams engaged in symbolic action, star athletes organizing mass bike rides—and hundreds upon hundreds of community events to raise awareness of the need for urgent action.
Their website tells us there will be 4227 actions in 170 countries.
Every event will highlight the number 350 – the most important number in the world—it’s what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Two years ago, after leading climatologists observed rapid ice melt in the Arctic and other frightening signs of climate change, they issued a series of studies showing that the planet faced both human and natural disaster if atmospheric concentrations of CO2 remained above 350 parts per million.
Right now, mostly because we’ve burned so much fossil fuel, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 is 390 ppm—that’s way too high, and it’s why ice is melting, drought is spreading, forests are dying. To bring that number down, the first task is to stop putting more carbon into the atmosphere. That means a very fast transition to sun and wind and other renewable forms of power. If we can stop pouring more carbon into the atmosphere, then forests and oceans will slowly suck some of it out of the air and return us to safe levels.
OK – on most of the above we are agreed and therefore when people agree they mobilise, and when people mobilise, whether they be from the USA, China or the Maldives, they can and will have influence on their governments.
It is going to be tough, some unpleasant decisions are going to have to be made – but unless we let our voices be heard government will do as little as possible.
We are pleased to support www.350.org and we urge you to click on the link and sign up so your voice too can be heard – shout loud!
Here is the video from 350org extremely important stuff